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How to Survive Freshman Year in High School


Heading from middle school to high school can seem somewhat intimidating to the average teenager. No more will you be in the safety of those peers you grew up with as you head off to the larger high school that allows you to blend in with grades 9th through 12th. Many first time freshman year high school students are filled with mixed emotions on this next chapter in their life. Today I am sharing some tips on how to survive freshman year in high school so that you can help your teenager relax and breeze through the first days of being a high school freshman.



Attend Orientation
Be certain to attend high school freshman orientation, if your high school offers this option. First impressions do matter, so be certain that your teen is dressed appropriately and you both are ready to engage with the question and answer sessions. You will want to be sure the guidance counselors and high school staff see both your high school student and you as a team wishing to be involved in this transition.

Prepare for Classroom Locations
In addition to attending orientation you will want to know where all of your classes are located within the high school prior to the first day of freshman year. Try to print out a map of the high school and keep it handy in your pocket throughout the day to ensure you know where each class is located. Now that you are a freshman in high school you have less time between classes to get from point A to point B and it’s important to show to class on time.


Print Schedule & Save Locker Number
Be sure that the high school schedule has been printed out and if possible, minimized so that it can fit on the back of a cell phone or other small binder that you carry with you throughout the day. Also make note of your locker number on this piece of paper so that you have a one-stop view of where you need to be and what the locker number is for ease of transition between classes. Nothing adds anxiety to your plate more than not remembering what your next class is or what the locker number assigned to you was.

Learn to Mingle Like a High Schooler
Remember that you are in with the older kids now and stopping in the middle of the hallway like in middle school years just won’t fly up in the big high school. It’s time to learn how to mingle like a high schooler. Sure, you will see your friends in between classes in the hallway, try to resolve to meet them after school to chat about your day or meet at lunch if you have the same lunch break. Do not stop in the middle of the hallway to mingle or you will cause a traffic jam and upset a lot of high schoolers who are on their way to class.

There are many ways you can survive freshman year and being a high schooler can be very exciting indeed. Use our tips and you'll be breezing through high school like a pro.

Let's discuss: What other tips can you share about surviving freshman year in high school?

Annmarie John
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  1. Freshman year of high school can be pretty stressful. These are all really great tips to help you have an easier year.

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    1. Oh yes it can be. Thank you for stopping by Brandy.

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  2. Great tips! Freshman year is the most stressful time in a young person's life. It's a whole new world with problems they've never faced before.

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    1. Oh it most certainly can be especially if you're going to a school where there are no friends.

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  3. Great, great post. When you hit the freshman year of highschool, it is absolutely terrifying. I remember being almost paralyzed by fear when I stepped into the high school for the first time.

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    1. I remember my first day of high school. Luckily I was able to be in a classroom with a childhood friend of mine that made it just a little bit easier.

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  4. Son says to take electives that not only help towards college but that you enjoy. It helps to level out the stress of your other classes to have something you enjoy doing.

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    1. That's also very good advice. My son decided to do that when he started high school, best decision ever, although I had to encourage him to do it.

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  5. I remember the freshman year of high school. It was such a big adjustment for the kids.

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    1. It can be a big adjustment going from junior high to high school. However it gets better.

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  6. What an awesome post. You really nailed it on this one. My first day of high school was so terrifying and I wish I had this post to read before my first day.

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    1. I remember my first as well and it was just as terrifying. New school, new people, nothing familiar whatsoever.

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  7. I think mapping out your classes and the fastest routes to take helps a lot. Having the locker combination written down is a good call too.

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    1. I actually had my son lock himself out of his locker, now he writes it down.

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  8. Making friends is a big one and getting involved in various activities to keep you occupied and learn what you enjoy doing. This list is very helpful because it can be challenging being in high school.

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    1. It can be. Fortunately most of the kids you grew up with in junior high school move with you to high school so sometimes it's a bit easier in the friend department.

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  9. Love this and freshman year can be so scary! You have totally got it on point for the organization and social tips!

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    1. Yes it can be scary and thank you for stopping by.

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  10. This is such good advice! I think it's really important to realize classes will be more challenging and to be sure to keep on top of homework and not be afraid to ask questions!

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    1. Oh you can't be afraid at all. After all you're preparing for college.

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  11. Ah, the Freshman year. When the rules of the game changes. You are trying to hold on and they are trying to let go. I loved my own Freshman year, it was perfect.

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    1. Freshman year sure does come with it's challenges but it can be fun.

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  12. As a mom who just got through freshman year of high school with their daughter I can say with total sincerity that all these tips are spot on! And I'm going to share this with parents whose kids are nelly minted freshmen!

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    1. Thank you Melissa for your input and I have another who will be there soon.

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  13. Oh wow. I can barely remember my freshman year. But yes, it was brutal and hard to survive.

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    1. It can be hard especially if you aren't in familiar surroundings with people you know and love.

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  14. Yes going from middle school to high school is a huge transition. My youngest just made that transition but we were lucky as her high school added a middle school grades right before she started middle school so the transition was made easier because she was already at the school.

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    1. That's been happening more and more. She's one of the lucky few.

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  15. Oh my gosh, freshman ear in school can be so stressful. The good thing is all the other freshman are starting too so I told my kids to try to meet new people (freshman) in their classes. It's a good time to learn how to network

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    1. It can be stressful and you're right. They're all new making it a little easier for them all.

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  16. Freshman in high school seems so long ago! I remember we had just moved to our new town at the time and I didn't know a single person! I ate lunch by myself for a whole month until I finally made some friends!

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    1. Well the good thing was that you did make some friends. :)

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  17. Great tips. As a previous high school teacher for eight years, I wish more students would write down their locker numbers and print their schedules. It seems so simple yet it's always an issue.

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    1. I can only imagine, I know I make sure to have my own kids print their schedules because sometimes they don't have much time between classes to make it from one room to the other.

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  18. Freshman year is such a stressful time for teens. I remember wanting to kick my locker everytime I needed a book in a rush and that stupid combination lock wouldn't open fast enough! :-)

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

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    1. LOL Tracy at kicking the locker. I can only imagine your frustration.

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  19. I remember being so scared during the first week of my freshman year. It helped to meet new friends.

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  20. I remember it like yesterday because we just moved to a new home. I can't imagine how hard it is for kids now days!

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    1. It's much about the same for the kids now as it was for you. Still stressful.

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    2. I have three years before I have a freshman in high school. She is already talking about how excited she is for high school.

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    3. Jennifer I'm sure she is and she'll probably do great!

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  21. Being prepared is always important, especially during such a big transition. Our children will have things a bit easier, as they attend a charter school, which means less kids and more familiar faces.

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    1. That's great! That's how it was with me and I'm hoping it's this easy when my own pre-schooler starts school next year.

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  22. It's such a stressful time so being organised means that there's one less thing to worry about. I love the tip about minimizing the timetable x x

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    1. When you're organized it makes things so much easier.

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  23. Great overview of freshman year. I remember my first year in college, so much to take.

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    1. College is a lot different than high school however although being a freshman in both is just about the same.

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  24. Can you really ever survive it?! haha I mean, we can soften the blow! :P Just kidding, it's a tough transition!

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    1. It is a tough transition but you can make it easier for them.

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  25. I was homeschooled so it wasn't too much of a challenge for me. The only thing harder was the schoolwork and I'm thankful for that!

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    1. Guess you didn't have a challenge at all. :)

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  26. I don't have any kids very close to that age yet and I'm glad. I know how hard the transition can be!

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    1. Well guess what, those kids are going to be that age eventually and you need to be prepared.

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  27. These days kids have things way worse off than we did. It's going to be harder for things.

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    1. I'm not so sure they have it harder or worse off. I'm actually thinking it might be a bit easier to be honest.

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  28. My kids are just now entering school, but this seems like GREAT information for parents! I'll keep it saved for sure!

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    1. Well you have a few more years before you're there but it'll get there eventually and you'll have an idea of what to do/expect.

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  29. Great suggestions... I was super nervous when our girls went to middle school... but I forget we have another school to go to yet!

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    1. Oh yes you have at least 2 more school in your near future. Both high school followed by college. Good luck!

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  30. Ah! Freshman year! High school was so hard for me. I'll pin this for later for my kids.

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    1. Why was it hard for you? I hope it got better as time went on.

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  31. I can't even begin to think about highschool! My son just started Kindergarten and we have so much to learn from pick up line to spirit tags oh my ;)

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    1. Oh I have one that will be starting kindergarten next year myself so I can totally relate.

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  32. Oh, this is a wonderful post. I remember my first few days in high school, it was fun and a little bit nervous.

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    1. That is totally understandable. You're in a new environment but it did get easier I'm sure.

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  33. These are some great tips! I always had a fear I would forget my locker number and combo! I had both written down everywhere when I school

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    1. Oh the good old days. My son still writes his down as well because of that same reason.

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  34. It's going to be a while before my little one starts high school but these tips are spot on, especially that part about writing down locker combo etc. I remember in high school not remembering what my code was and being locked out. Worst feeling ever!

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    1. Oh my son can relate. He did that his freshman year as well, now he knows better.

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  35. I recommend wine. Lots and lots of wine. Seriously, patience and accepting that this is a learning period. Next year you and your child will be pros.

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    1. Well while wine is acceptable for me, not so sure high school freshmen can drink it. :)

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  36. Man...I remember going from 8th grade to high school...what a crazy wake up call that was! And that was...a good many years ago :-) I definitely think getting the locker combo down is key...I never could get mine to work right for weeks!

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  37. It's so important to attend orientation as a family. It's a great way to learn about the school in general and about what the criteria is for being accepted into that school.

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    1. That is very true. I always attend orientation for all my kids. There is so much to learn BEFORE you get there so when you do get there, you'll be ready.

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  38. I remember being super nervous about making new friends. I also hated that I had to remember a locker number and wrote it on my hand. Great tips for future freshman.

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    1. I remember writing things on my hand and then washing my hands and having it disappear. How did that work for you?

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  39. Make new friends! I was tempted to only stick to the girls I knew from middle school, but it was much better meeting new people and creating a bigger circle for myself. one of the "new friends" I made is actually still my friend while the one I knew from middle school is not. Life changes people, but it's great to enjoy the current moments

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    1. It is always good to make new friends. I'm not good at making new friends but when I got to high school, I ended up making quite a few. I still have a few of them as friends now after more than 20 years.

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  40. Yes, I believe these advice will work. Just trying to be yourself and not standing out too much is a good start I guess, everyone else feels the same anyway.

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    1. Some people actually want to stand out because they love being the center of attention and if that's your thing, then go for it.

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  41. These are great tips. I wish I would have known some of these when I first started high school. Would have made life easier.

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    1. I'm pretty sure they might have but you still made it!

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